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Jeff Benjamin is a music and travel journalist based in New York City. In addition to his writing, his expertise on pop music—particularly in international music and his speciality as an expert in K-pop (Korean pop)—has been featured in and commissioned as a source and expert for outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, Time, BBC, Allure, MTV, The Fader, Yahoo!, The Korea Times, The Korea Herald and more.
The Harlem journalist has made on-air appearances and hosted segments for CNN, Billboard, ABC News, CBS, NBC, Good Morning America, E! News, Inside Edition, FOX, BUILD Series, Entertainment Tonight, Cheddar, NY1, Extra and more. The 29-year-old has spoken on radio and podcasts for the New York Times’ ‘Popcast’ podcast, NPR ,‘Here & Now,’ Billboard’s Must-Hear Music podcast, Barstool Sports and more.
Jeff has been asked to share his expertise as an expert, journalist and consultant to speak at local and international events including SXSW, Comic-Con, and KCON in the United States, MU:CON, the Culture Communication Forum, the Korea Foundation’s Public Diplomacy Week and MBN Y Forums in South Korea, MIDEM in France, and more.
As of Summer 2019, he is currently acting as the international correspondent for We K-Pop, a K-pop variety show filmed in South Korea by KBS World that is aired weekly to more than 100 million viewers around the world. His weekly segments include an in-depth analysis on that week’s guest as well as a featured “Jeff’s Pick of the Week” and analyses on artists rising on the K-pop scene.
“The leading American authority on K-pop.”
–The New York Times, 2018
“You’re the perfect person to talk to us about K-pop.”
“Jeff is a K-pop expert.”
–Billboard Senior Director of Music
Jason Lipshutz, 2018
“Reported about K-pop even before it started blowing up.”
–Kim Shinyoung, Award-Winning South Korean Entertainer and TV Host, 2019